Israel closes Haifa Airport amid growing tensions in the north

( The Israel Defense Forces has ordered the closure of Haifa Airport amid growing tensions with Syria and Hezbollah.

The closure may be related to “mock raids” the Israeli air force has been conducting over Lebanon, according to the Lebanese Ministry of Information.

But the IDF Spokesperson’s Unit told Israel Hayom that the “security needs relating to the air space in the area have been addressed.”

Furthermore, the IDF has placed a third Iron Dome battery in northern Israel. This comes a week after Israel’s reported strike on a Syrian military base near the Lebanese border.

According to McClatchy News, Israeli aircraft destroyed a Syrian military convoy carrying advanced Russian-made SA-17 anti-aircraft missiles preparing to leave the Jamarya military base, possibly to be delivered to Hezbollah.

According to the American Enterprise Institute (AEI), Hezbollah has an arsenal of 40,000 to 50,000 short and long-range missiles that can easily reach Tel Aviv. 

Posted on February 6, 2013 .